This Week for Faculty: Supporting syllabi and course designs

by | Oct 2, 2023

Are you developing a new syllabus, a new course, or refreshing an existing syllabus or course? The CTL’s Course Design Support services and resources are available to assist you as you embark on (re)designing syllabi, courses, assessments, and lectures.

Explore our on-demand resources

Watch the playlist of Course Design Essentials that includes four narrated videos to guide you through the backward design process as you articulate learning objectives, determine assessments of student learning, and plan for teaching and learning activities. 

Read the CTL resources on: Designing an Inclusive SyllabusDesigning Assignments for Learning, or Five Tips for Engaged Lecturing, among others to inform your (re)designs.

Enroll in the self-paced online course: Course Design Essentials

Design or redesign a course from anywhere and at any time.

The CTL’s Course Design Essentials is an online self-paced course. In the CourseWorks site, you will be guided through the fundamentals of learner-centered course design and a series of activities and downloadable worksheets.

The five modules include:

Module 1: Course Design: Getting Started
Module 2: Articulating Learning Objectives
Module 3: Assessing Student Learning
Module 4: Planning for Teaching and Learning Activities
Module 5: Putting It All Together 

Upon completing the asynchronous experience, you should have a plan and the resources needed to continue the design process. 

Participate in a guided design process

Join the CTL and faculty colleagues for a 3-hour in person workshop as you plan ahead for Spring 2024.

Transparent Assignment and Rubric Design in the Age of AI.
December 12, 2023 – Register
10:00am-1:00pm, 212 Butler Library

AI and its use in assignments has exposed a critical need for instructors to make their assignment expectations completely transparent to students. This session will offer a framework for transparent design to ensure that students know the purpose, the task, and the criteria for success on an assignment.

Bring an assignment idea or an existing assignment to work on. During the 3-hour session, you will apply the transparent design framework to your course assignment, engage in peer review, create a rubric for your assignment, and plan for implementation.

Related resources: Designing Assignments for Learning; and Incorporating Rubrics Into Your Feedback and Grading Practices

Request a consultation

Schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss your course or syllabus (re)design by emailing CTL staff can assist you as you draft your learning objectives, assessments, teaching and learning activities, and syllabi.